CEN and CENELEC responses to COVID-19 

  • PRESS RELEASES
  • In response to the coronavirus outbreak, CEN and CENELEC agreed, in collaboration with all their Members and after an urgent request from the European Commission, to make freely available a series of European standards (ENs) for medical devices and personal protective equipment used in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Read our Press Release issued on 20 March 2020

  • In light of the evolving situation of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, after the urgent request from the European Commission, developed and publish a new CEN Workshop Agreement on community face coverings which is made available here for free.
    Read our Press Release issued on 17 June 2020

     CEN Workshop Agreement on community face coverings available for free HERE
     * We invite you to check local legislation requirements with your national authorities and guidance documents that may have been made available by standardization organisations in your country

  • In addition, CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, agreed, in collaboration with all their Members and after the urgent request from the European Commission, to make temporarily available for free a new set of European standards (ENs). The seven standards cover respiratory equipment and patient critical care ventilators.
    Read our Press Release issued on 25 June 2020
    • CRISIS MANAGEMENT NETWORK - following this work, the CEN-CENELEC COVID-19 Crisis Management Network was established, bringing together national representatives from each Member to facilitate a direct exchange of information between National Standards Bodies and National Committees - a fast tracked response at the European level.

    • FAQs - the CEN and CENELEC Network acknowledged the need for more information and clarity towards stakeholders putting foreign (Chinese) PPE and medical devices on the EU market. To this end, a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) where stakeholders can find, or be redirected towards, relevant information regarding the import of Chinese and other foreign PPE products and medical equipment has been set. 


     

    For more information or questions about the role of standards against COVID-19 and how to contact CEN and CENELEC,
    please email us at media@cencenelec.eu.